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Forbidden [Kindle Edition]

Christina Phillips
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Book Description

First in a new erotic historical series of magical heroines and sexy warriors.

Carys knew from the moment she first spied on Maximus in his naked barbarian glory that he was a dangerous Roman centurion-his taut, battle-scarred flesh marking him as a fearless warrior. But her desire for him was as undeniable as it was illicit.

Charged by his emperor to eliminate a clan of powerful Druids in Britain, Maximus never expects his mission to be thwarted by the clan's ethereal princess, Carys. Falling under her spell, he doesn't realize her true heritage-until he captures her heart as well as her body.

Now Carys and Maximus must overcome the devastation of war and face the ultimate sacrifice if their forbidden love is to survive.




Product Details

  • File Size: 574 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425238083
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XQEVK8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #829,190 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous erotic ancient historical romance September 9, 2010
Format:Paperback
They became lovers even before they formally met as Carys the Druid high priestess watched Tiberius Valerius Maximus the centurion leader bathe though she knew real lovemaking between them would be forbidden. When the pair meets in person, they relish their lovemaking that she knows is better than her fantasy, but both know nothing can come of it so each enjoys the moment.

When Carys and Tiberius realize they are in love, neither knows how to make it permanent as their relationship is taboo. However, though they part insisting this time is the last time, fate intervenes to constantly bring the Roman charged by the Emperor to destroy her clan and the Celts time after time together. Each wonders if they are meant to be. However they are trapped in the crosshairs of a deadly war that could devastate all of Cambria. Her acrimonious former lover High Druid Aeron dy Ehangwen vows to kill Carys' barbarian lover, the rest of the Roman invaders and their clan's perfidious princess sleeping with the enemy even at the cost of the people.

Set in the time of Caesar, Forbidden is a fabulous erotic ancient historical romance as the two adversaries fall in love. She fears the Eagle of Roman will destroy her beloved culture as Rome assimilates them before superseding the local heritage. With a sense of time and place, fans will enjoy the taboo romance between the Druid and the Centurion.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable! Great characters! December 7, 2010
Format:Paperback
This is my first book by Christina Phillips, but I'd like to try out this author again. The book was well-plotted, with good, solid main characters and an evil villain who was well-drawn. The Roman time period added interest! I didn't find it any spicier than an ordinary historical romance novel, and indeed could have seen more sex for the price of an erotica. With that said, the book was well-written and the story so engrossing I spent a cold evening with a glass of wine and this book, completely enthralled! Phillips has now been added to my fav author list!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scorching! November 4, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A scorching, breath-taking read! If you want something sexy, fresh and original that will capture your imagination as well as your heart, I highly recommend 'Forbidden'!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid Semi-Erotic Roman Romance (B Grade) November 7, 2010
Format:Paperback
Carys and her people, the druids, are in hiding from the Roman barbarians that have taken over their land. As a healer and princess, Carys wants to care for those that are sick, but if she is caught by a Roman soldier, she fears being attacked and raped. She prays to her goddess for answers, but hears nothing in return. She is walking a dangerous line when she watches a Roman bathing near a waterfall. She is strangely attracted to him and fantasies about becoming his lover. When the Roman spots her, she doesn't run in fear, but welcomes his touch.

Tiberius Valerius Maximus is one of the Roman centurions who has invaded this land and practically enslaved the people there. When Maximus spots Carys spying on him, he is both curious and aroused. He won't force himself on Carys as so many of his counterparts do. Instead, he will court her with respect and kind words until she will only want him and no other.

Carys knows that being with Maximus is dangerous. Her one time lover and the high priest, Aeron, is obsessed with having her for his own and uses magic and the power of the gods to show him how to make her love him. But Carys has never loved Aeron, or even enjoyed sex with him, because of his selfishness and greed. She turns to Maximus for fulfillment although she knows they can never have a future together. Soon Maximus will go back to Rome and most likely marry. And since Carys refuses to leave her suffering people, she will stay behind.

As Carys and Maximus's passion for one another continues to grow, Aeron becomes even more unstable and has a plan to not only kill Maximus but make Carys pay for refusing him.

Forbidden is a passionate tale about enemies who become lovers.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Forbidden by Christina Phillips
Historical Romance-Sept 7th 2010
5 stars

Forbidden is an amazingly sensual and taunt historical that enthralled this reader. Set in the rough and untamed Roman times it made me want a brawny Roman centurion of my own!

Carys is a healer and a Celt Princess destined for great things. But Carys is playing with fire when she is caught spying on the ruggedly handsome and sexy Roman centurion Maximus taking his bath. When Maximus sees Carys he is mesmerized by her beauty and feels the instant and burning attraction between them. (The immediate scene between them is scorching HOT!) But complications arise because as a Roman is it is his duty to overpower and enslave the Celts.

Carys knows wanting the Roman is wrong but she is caught by her elicit desires for his toned body. She has never wanted a man more. But revealing herself to the enemy can only cause heart break and betray her people.

Their star crossed love is also complicated by a jealous and manipulative High Druid named Aeron. Whose craving for Carys body and greed for power threatens to disrupt their fragile love and the Celt's way of life.

At first Maximus doesn't understand his burning need to possess Carys and asks her for 'use of her body' in exchange for his protection as a leader in the Roman army. But as he grows to care for her he begins to questions the Romans way of life. Their plundering and treatment of people they conquer. He especially questions the treatment of the women they view as prizes.

This book was gritty and primal. I felt I was in the Romans times and I loved it! Maximus is pure, raw male and too sexy for words. I could understand by Carys was enthralled with him and wanted him despite him being her enemy.
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More About the Author

Christina Phillips is an ex-pat Brit who now lives in sunny Western Australia with her high school sweetheart and their family. She enjoys writing paranormal, historical and contemporary romance but whether the hero is a fallen angel, tough warrior or an ex-military mortal, the romance will be sizzling and the heroine will bring her hero to his knees.

She is addicted to good coffee, expensive chocolate and bad boy heroes. She is also owned by three gorgeous cats who are convinced the universe revolves around their needs. They are not wrong.

Christina has been published by Ellora's Cave, Berkley Heat and The Wild Rose Press. She also has a book contracted with Entangled Publishing, due for release late in 2014. She loves hearing from her readers!

*If you would like to know when my next book is available you can sign up for my newsletter at my website - www.christinaphillips.com *

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